Nissan showed that it had a great sense of humor when it bought Luke Aker's beat-up 1996 Nissan Maxima GLE for $1,400 back in December based solely on the quality of his tongue-in-cheek sales video.

Aker's Maxima had been thoroughly driven. It needed a strap to keep its hood closed, had front end damage, a missing turn signal and shredded leather seats. Of course, like Aker said in his ad, the car was still "fully loaded with an engine, wheels, tires and an automatic transmission." How could Nissan resist?

After buying the car, Nissan teamed up with MotorAuthority to decide what to do with it. The winning idea was to restore the car to its proper condition and display it at Nissan North America headquarters in Franklin, TN, with Aker's video playing nearby. According to MotorAuthority, the car has finally made it there, and its rebirth will begin soon. Nissan is not sure when the car will go on display.

"We are still assessing the project to determine cost and timing," said Rob Robinson, Nissan Social Communications Senior Specialist, in an email to Autoblog.

Scroll down to check out Aker's bombastic advertisement that made his Maxima an unlikely hero for Nissan fans everywhere.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 41 Comments
      Kimura
      • 10 Months Ago
      I think its cool when regular cars get some love.
      redgpgtp97
      • 10 Months Ago
      Change oil, tranny fluid, and coolant regularly and any car will surpass 200k..these days
      barkeep
      • 10 Months Ago
      They should restore it and "troll" people as the next upcoming replacement for the current Maxima, which is due for a new model.
        Tourian
        • 10 Months Ago
        @barkeep
        That sound better then my idea of turning it into Vince's car from the original F&F.
        Indubitably
        • 10 Months Ago
        @barkeep
        Knowing how little the general public knows about cars this would totally work. +1.
      usa1
      • 10 Months Ago
      That video was great.
      mazdavwconnect
      • 10 Months Ago
      Brilliant.
      KAG
      • 10 Months Ago
      See so many of the 90's Nissans still on the road here in Utah, tells me how well they are built.
      Cruising
      • 10 Months Ago
      Image number 4 is funny and awesome, you have a Leaf on one side and a Titan on one side and a random black Infiniti FX in the middle looks like a sinister predator stocking it's prey, the lonely wounded Maxima that strolled in the trap.
      nlt624@aol.com
      • 10 Months Ago
      I've had 5 Nissan Maximas and this model was my favorite!! And my next car will be a Maxima too!!
      Cruising
      • 10 Months Ago
      As a former owner of a high mileage 1995 Maxima that was once a fleet vehicle gone through a neglectful owner eventually to me these are some of the most solid cars Nissan ever built. When I sold it to my neighbor with 287k on the clock last year it now has surpassed well above 300k. 4th gen 4 life!
      MechE
      • 10 Months Ago
      Nice! This gen was my first real car and holds a special place in my heart. The transmissions were weak links, but they really are solid cars. At the time it felt lightening fast, probably the fastest car in its class during that time. Too bad Nissan botched this car over the years.
      anonymous guy
      • 10 Months Ago
      I was a repeat Nissan owner with great success stories of diehard reliability from my 1981 (Datsun) 510 and various other Nissans through the 80's until my 1993 pickup. I bought a more loaded 1995 pickup and then the problems started. I had problems with my '95 200SX and my '98 200SX as well, and those three were the last Nissans I ever bought.
        carguy1701
        • 10 Months Ago
        @anonymous guy
        What kinds of problems?
          ghrpdx
          • 10 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Suspension and interior electronic glitches. They always started but there were times I had to make do without any gauges or a sunroof that was stuck open, for example. Both my 200SXes also melted the wiring harness to the headlights on a regular basis leaving me with no lights until I had them rewired with new harnesses. That should have been a recall item.
          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          I can't say I haven't had a couple electrical issues with my car, but nothing to the degree you describe.
      JaredN
      • 10 Months Ago
      That's hilarious.
    • Load More Comments